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Pharmacy Skills in Practice 1 CSA103


This unit involves a range of on-line and campus-based learning activities that introduce students to key concepts of health and healthcare, the pharmacy profession, roles of a pharmacist, quality use of medicines, government funding, regulatory bodies, the pharmaceutical industry and approval and supply of drugs, with an emphasis on the Australian Health Care system. There will be a focus on communication, and the use of some common non-prescription medications. Students will visit a community and a hospital pharmacy, and will learn about mental health, Tasmanian Aboriginal culture, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health status and culture.


Unit name Pharmacy Skills in Practice 1
Unit code CSA103
Credit points 25
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Mrs Karen Watkins
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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Learning Outcomes

  • Use basic knowledge of pathophysiology, epidemiology, and pharmacotherapeutics to formulate appropriate courses of action for managing minor illnesses commonly encountered in community pharmacies.
  • Communicate to consumers and healthcare professionals the following: health, health system and medicines information, and self-care management advice related to minor illnesses.
  • Demonstrate cultural awareness, especially for aboriginal and torres strait islander (atsi) populations, and explain how atsi status may correlate with particular health outcomes.
  • Search, evaluate, and appropriately reference basic drug information and pharmacy-related literature.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
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1. Admission to X1M AND XAB011 OR 2. Admission to 54A


Teaching Pattern

For Semester 1 delivery, there will be a combination of online and on campus activities including lectures, tutorials, workshops and pharmacy visits over 13 weeks.

For Semester 3 (Spring School) delivery, the first 7 weeks consist of online learning via online modules, online recorded tutorials and lectures, guided reading, quizzes and discussion forums. There will be a holiday break followed by a one-week intensive teaching period, in the first half of January. The intensive teaching period will be on campus for Tasmanian-residing students who will attend tutorials, assessments and pharmacy visits in Launceston or Hobart. The teaching intensive period for students not residing in Tasmania will comprise of online tutorials, online assessments and local pharmacy visits.

AssessmentWorkbook|Written assignment 1 (10%)|Written assignment 2 – Counselling Skills (10%)|One oral assessment (20%)|Online Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) quizzes (20%)|End of unit test (online/open-book) (40%)
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